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  • Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford

    04/17/2013 12:02:44 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | April 17th, 2013 | Alex Isenstadt
    National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid. Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.
  • Report: Mark Sanford's ex-wife accuses him of trespassing

    04/16/2013 5:25:13 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 16th, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) ex-wife is accusing him of trespassing at her home and the two are due in court two days after his congressional election, according to a report from the Associated Press. According to court documents obtained by the AP, Jenny Sanford, the state's former first lady, caught him leaving her home in early February while using his cell phone as a flashlight and filed a complaint the next day. The couple divorced after he publicly admitted to an extramarital affair in 2009 and, according to their divorce settlement, aren't allowed to enter each other's...
  • Eric Cantor Endorses Citizenship for DREAMers

    02/05/2013 1:16:36 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 78 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5th 2013 | Emily Deruy
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attempted to project a softer Republican tone on immigration during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, but indicated there is a ways to go until Republicans and Democrats agree on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican, endorsed a path to citizenship for DREAMers, the undocumented young people brought to the United States as children.
  • Modesty in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn Is Enforced by Secret Squads

    01/30/2013 4:11:39 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 66 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Joseph Berger
    In the close-knit world of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, community members know the modesty rules as well as Wall Street bankers who show up for work in a Brooks Brothers suit. Women wear long skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked blouses on the street; men do not wear Bermuda shorts in summer. Schools prescribe the color and thickness of girls’ stockings. The rules are spoken and unspoken, enforced by social pressure but also, in ways that some find increasingly disturbing, by the modesty committees. Their power is evident in the fact that of the half dozen women’s clothing stores along Lee Avenue, only one...
  • Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal

    01/26/2013 7:41:44 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 25th, 2013 | David Nakamura
    A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward major legislation in years. The three Democrats and three Republicans, who have been meeting quietly in recent months, plan to announce a final agreement as early as next Friday.
  • Hasidic Therapist Sentenced to 103 Years in Sexual Abuse Case

    01/22/2013 3:26:04 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 22nd, 2013 | Sharon Otterman
    An unlicensed therapist who was a prominent member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was sentenced on Tuesday to 103 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young woman, beginning the attacks when she was 12. Mr. Hynes has said he believes the case may be a turning point for ultra-Orthodox victims of sexual abuse. In addition to convicting Mr. Weberman, his office also charged seven Hasidic men with bribery and intimidation of Mr. Weberman’s victim, who testified over four days. Prosecutors say they know of more victims who were too afraid to testify. “If there is one...
  • Immigrants Against Empire

    11/20/2012 3:27:51 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Scott McConnell
    "The new electorate is more Hispanic, more black, contains more East Asians, has sprinklings of Arabs and Muslims and South Asians; all of these constituencies voted heavily for Obama. More generally, both Hispanics and Asians have for many years supported Democratic politicians for local offices. In the ’90s National Review turned its powerful polemical guns on an immigration system which, in the editors’ minds, was destined to overwhelm the voting base of the Republican Party and replace a perfectly good existing American people with a new one. National Review supported such measures as Proposition 187, California’s controversial effort to push...
  • Update: Rep. Allen West in close race (Rep. Allen West loses reelection)

    11/06/2012 11:21:35 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7th, 2012 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Freshman Republican Rep. Allen West (Fla.) lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy in one of the closest, nastiest races in the nation, according to MSNBC election projections.
  • Gov. Christie: Obama deserves "great credit" for storm response

    10/30/2012 6:14:40 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 147 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 30th, 2012 | CBS News
    CBS News) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke to "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. and wreaked havoc statewide. "The state of New Jersey took it in the neck worse than any other state," Christie said of the storm's effects. "It's going to take us a while to dig out from under it, but we will dig out from under it," he added. Christie called the level of cooperation between the local, state and federal governments "excellent" and praised President Obama's involvement. "I was on the phone for...
  • Ryan: Romney would protect social safety nets

    10/24/2012 5:04:59 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 24th, 2012 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    AURORA, COLO. -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is planning to tell poor voters they would be better off if he and Mitt Romney win the White House and will urge middle-class and independent voters to consider whether they want another four years like the past ones under President Barack Obama. Ryan, in remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday afternoon at Cleveland State University, was set to promise to Americans most in need that a Romney-Ryan administration would protect safety-net programs for them while overhauling benefits for wealthier Americans who might not necessarily need Social Security in their later years.
  • G.O.P. Rival Adopts Cuts in Defense as His Issue

    09/22/2012 1:45:15 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 22nd, 2012 | Jonathan Weisman
    STAFFORD, Va. — Just outside the gates of the storied Quantico Marine Base, George Allen, the Republican nominee for a Senate seat from Virginia, sat down in the offices of a moving van company with more than a dozen defense contractors from his state last Monday to listen to them fret over government spending cuts. Scott Hirons’s small software firm will probably have to shrink to five employees from 15 by the end of October if nothing is done to head off automatic, across-the-board defense cuts, he said. The cuts will not begin until January, if ever, but the threat...
  • Texas to Request No Child Left Behind Waivers

    09/08/2012 9:47:53 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 18 replies
    KUT News ^ | September 6th, 2012 | Wells Dunbar
    Texas is asking the federal government to waive requirements associated with No Child Left Behind, the signature package of education reforms championed by former President (and former Texas Governor) George W. Bush. The announcement comes after more than half of Texas schools failed to meet the annually escalating standards last school year. In a message on the Texas Education Agency website, the new Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announces plans to submit requests to the U.S. Department of Education waiving provisions in 2001’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, as well as parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act....
  • George W. Bush skipping Republican National Convention

    07/20/2012 4:37:25 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 158 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20th, 2012 | Johnathan Martin
    Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned. “President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail. “He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he’s still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa.” Asked if the former president had been invited to only attend or whether he was also asked to speak, Ford said the...
  • Dubya's Legacies

    06/28/2012 1:25:12 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 64 replies
  • This is Why You're Broke

    06/23/2012 6:11:55 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 20th, 2012 | David Frum
    A new survey of American politics by the British polling firm YouGov highlights a familiar pattern in US deficit politics: YouGov asked: "Which of the following would you support as ways to reduce the nation's budget deficit?" They altered the rules of polling slightly, however, to deny respondents a "don't know" answer. Respondents had to answer something, either yes or no. Denied the "don't know" exit, Democrats favored higher taxes on the wealthy, 77.2%, and cuts in military spending, 46%. Democrats intensely opposed cuts in Medicare and Social Security, only about 5% in favor of either. Just 14% of Democrat...
  • Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

    05/13/2012 12:12:29 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 159 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 13th, 2012 | Jennifer Khan
    One day last summer, Anne and her husband, Miguel, took their 9-year-old son, Michael, to a Florida elementary school for the first day of what the family chose to call “summer camp.” For years, Anne and Miguel have struggled to understand their eldest son, an elegant boy with high-planed cheeks, wide eyes and curly light brown hair, whose periodic rages alternate with moments of chilly detachment. Michael’s eight-week program was, in reality, a highly structured psychological study — less summer camp than camp of last resort.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

    05/10/2012 1:38:08 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 10th, 2011 | Sharon Otterman
    The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested. Their communities, headed by dynastic leaders called rebbes, strive to preserve their centuries-old customs by resisting the contaminating influences of the outside world. While some ultra-Orthodox rabbis now argue that a child molester should be reported to the police, others strictly adhere to an ancient prohibition against mesirah, the turning in of a Jew to non-Jewish authorities, and consider publicly...
  • Medicare funding runs short by 2024, trustees say

    04/23/2012 3:17:14 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 23rd 2012 | Jeanne Sahadi
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Highlighting the fiscal problems posed by growing health costs and an aging population, the trustees of Medicare estimated Monday that the program will only be able to pay a portion of promised benefits starting in 2024. That's the same year the trustees had estimated a year ago. Every year the Medicare trustees, who also oversee Social Security, release an annual report on both programs' long-term financial outlook. Unless Congress makes changes to Medicare, or overall health costs come down, Medicare will only be able to pay 87% of expected costs by 2024 and 67% by 2050....
  • Police arrest woman after finding body in search for Marine's missing wife

    04/17/2012 6:00:34 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 17th, 2012 | AP
    SAN DIEGO – Authorities arrested a woman Tuesday for investigation of murder after finding a body in their search for the missing wife of a U.S. Marine. The body has not yet been identified as 22-year-old Brittany Killgore, who has been missing since Friday night, San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Duncan Frasier said. Police provided no details on a possible motive or any evidence that led to the arrest. Police arrested 27-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez at a motel in San Diego. She was under guard at University of California, San Diego Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Frasier said she would...
  • Will Roberts be final nail in Bush's coffin?

    03/23/2012 3:51:01 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 74 replies · 4+ views
    The Examiner ^ | March 22, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    President Bush's list of domestic accomplishments is already pretty thin. No Child Left Behind is now universally despised among conservative activists. Medicare Part D epitomized Bush's big spending ways and arguably paved the way for Obamacare. And even Bush's tax cuts are looking to be pretty temporary in nature. The one saving grace Bush still has on the domestic front is the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito have so far proved to be good reliable conservative votes. But all that may change after Obamacare hits the Supreme Court. Almost everybody assumes that Justices Clarence Thomas,...
  • Marine Corps says snipers posted with Nazi SS symbol in Afghanistan

    02/10/2012 4:37:35 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 244 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10th, 2012 | Fox News
    SAN DIEGO – The Marine Corps on Thursday once again did damage control after a photograph surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS -- a special unit that murdered millions of Jews, gypsies and others. The Corps said in a statement that using the symbol was not acceptable, but the Marines in the photograph taken in September 2010 will not be disciplined because investigators determined it was a naive mistake. The Marines believed the SS symbol was meant to represent sniper scouts and never...
  • Barbour defends controversial pardons as based on the Christian belief in forgiveness

    01/14/2012 3:27:06 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 102 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | January 13th, 2012 | AP
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his decision to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers, in his last days in office, telling Fox News that Mississippi is predominantly Christian and believes in forgiveness. The pardons have set off outrage among some victims' families and prompted a judge to block the release of some of the pardoned inmates out of concern that proper notification rules were not followed. Barbour told Fox News that any problem with paperwork was an accident on the part of corrections officials, who needed to...
  • Vanity Question: Santorum, Privacy & Guns

    01/05/2012 4:40:51 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 51 replies
    Forgive the vanity question. Plenty of ink has been spilled regarding former Senator Santorum's comments regarding homosexuality and the "right to privacy." My query however focuses on the 2nd Amendment. Does Santorum's viewpoint relating to privacy rights or lack thereof conflict with or cause harm to our God given right to defend ourselves?
  • Israeli Girl, 8, at Center of Tension Over Religious Extremism

    12/28/2011 2:46:34 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 96 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 27th, 2011 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — The latest battleground in Israel’s struggle over religious extremism covers little more than a square mile of this Jewish city situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and it has the unexpected public face of a blond, bespectacled second-grade girl. She is Naama Margolese, 8, the daughter of American immigrants who are observant modern Orthodox Jews. An Israeli weekend television program told the story of how Naama had become terrified of walking to her elementary school here after ultra-Orthodox men spit on her, insulted her and called her a prostitute because her modest dress did not adhere...
  • 8 soldiers charged in private's 'apparent' suicide in Afghanistan

    12/21/2011 1:50:42 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 21st, 2011 | AP
    In October, Danny Chen, a U.S. Army private from New York City, was found dead in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan. The official statement said he had sustained "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound." On Wednesday, the Army announced that eight fellow soldiers have been charged in connection with his death. And a spokeswoman for the Chen family expressed doubts that Chen's death was actually a suicide. In naming the men, the Army listed the charges faced by each one and said that more information would be published as it became available. The charges include dereliction of duty, maltreatment, assault...
  • US soldiers mark last Thanksgiving in Iraq

    11/20/2011 9:18:15 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 55 replies
    AFP ^ | November 20th 2011 | W.G. Dunlop
    US soldiers gathered for an early Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday due to an impending switch to field rations at a base near Baghdad, saying they are glad they will soon be going home. The official Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is later this week, but the last "dining facility," or DFAC, at the sprawling Victory Base Complex (VBC) on Baghdad's outskirts closed on Sunday, as US forces prepare to depart. Soldiers and contractors, about 6,600 of whom are still at VBC, dined at tables decorated with colourful paper turkeys and "Happy Thanksgiving" signs hanging overhead. "We're going to do...
  • Nebraska 17, Penn State 14; Crowd Chants "We love JoePa."

    11/12/2011 1:07:35 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 564 replies · 6+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 12th, 2011
    A last-ditch drive ends in disappointment for Penn State, which loses to Nebraska, 17-14. Not having any timeouts crippled the offense, which completed two passes short of a first down, including one with seconds left, but couldn't stop the clock. This is a different Saturday in State College. Immediately after McGloin's final pass fell incomplete, the Penn State crowd cheered the team's effort: the cheering grew to a roar as the two teams again met a midfield, such as they did right before the game. Again, as occurred several times during the game, there were chants of "We love JoePa."...
  • U.S. Planning Troop Buildup in Gulf After Exit From Iraq

    10/30/2011 6:43:23 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 30th, 2011 | Thom Shanker
    MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.
  • A Night Spent in Limbo for a Dog Returned to Sender

    10/21/2011 3:06:09 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 114 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 11th, 2011 | Vincent Mazzoli
    On Oct. 4, Jason Dubin drove to La Guardia Airport to pick up the newest member of his household. Six days after that first happy meeting, Mr. Dubin returned to La Guardia with that same member, a German shepherd named Emmi, and sent her on a Continental Airlines flight to Seattle with a one-way ticket. “I just couldn’t control her anymore; it was just time to part ways,” said Mr. Dubin, who made the drive from his Port Jefferson home on Long Island as Emmi, who is 5, fidgeted and barked in the back seat. Mr. Dubin had bought the...
  • Iraq 'may bar' US trainers from 2012: top official

    10/11/2011 5:16:48 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | October 11th, 2011 | AFP
    BAGHDAD — Iraq is considering multiple options regarding the future of the US military presence, ranging from a limited mission to no trainers whatsoever, a top official told AFP on Monday. The remarks from Ali al-Alaak, the general secretary of the cabinet, come amid an apparent impasse between Washington's requirement of legal immunity for any US troops serving here beyond year-end, and a statement from Iraqi political leaders that there was "no need" for such protections. "The US is insisting on that, and Iraq is insisting on not giving that," Alaak said in an interview. He said there were a...
  • Iraqi PM al Maliki says U.S. forces will exit country this year

    09/02/2011 5:07:26 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 7 replies
    Channel 6 News ^ | September 2nd, 2011
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BNO NEWS) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki on Wednesday said that the U.S. armed forces will withdraw from the Middle Eastern country by the end of the year. "The U.S. forces withdrawal agreement from Iraq is going to be implemented in time, there will not be any U.S. forces base," Maliki said, as quoted by the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), adding that no permanent U.S. base would remain in the country.
  • Quake crack in Washington Monument ‘a sign from the Lord’? (Pat Robertson)

    08/26/2011 3:44:05 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 110 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | August 26th, 2011 | Joel Connolly
    The Rev. Pat Robertson, who once said his prayers turned a hurricane away from Washington, D.C., feels quake damage to the Washington Monument may carry a message from “the Lord.” The TV evangelist cited a four-foot crack in the Washington Monument, caused by Tuesday’s 5.8 earthquake, as a possible sign from the supernatural. He did not discuss greater damage inflicted on spires of the Washington Cathedral. “Ladies and gentlemen I don’t want to get weird on this so please take it for what it’s worth,” the Rev. Pat, a former Republican presidential candidate, told his TV audience.
  • Sustained Iraq Training Mission Could Cost Billions

    08/24/2011 3:04:27 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The U.S. military is pursuing talks over a possible troop presence in Iraq beyond the end of 2011, a deal that if struck could cost billions annually and complicate efforts to reduce the nation's untamed deficit. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that Iraqi leaders have agreed that "we negotiate on some kind of training" program. Though the comment prompted a flurry of media reports claiming Iraq had agreed to extend the U.S. non-combat troop presence into 2012, the Pentagon stressed that Panetta had merely confirmed that the Iraqis "have said yes to discussions about the strategic relationship beyond 2011,...
  • Breivik's father: I wish my son killed himself

    07/25/2011 4:46:29 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 22nd 2011 | David Morgan
    The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who confessed to last Friday's twin terror attacks, said he was ashamed and disgusted by his son's acts and wished he had committed suicide. Jens David Breivik, a former diplomat who lives in retirement in the south of France, said he first learned of his son's attacks from media websites. "I couldn't believe my eyes. It was totally paralyzing and I couldn't really understand it," he said. Breivik's parents divorced in 1980, and his father lived in London while he and his mother lived in Oslo. In an interview with the Swedish...
  • Pentagon wants new Iraq security pact

    07/24/2011 6:26:52 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 24th 2011 | John T. Bennett
    Pentagon officials want a new security pact with Iraq worked out as soon as possible, in part so they can extend support contracts to ensure U.S. forces remaining in that country have food and supplies. Gen. Raymond Odierno, tapped to be the new Army chief of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee “the sooner, the better” in response to a question about how soon the military would prefer a new “status of forces agreement” be put into place. Under the current agreement, all U.S. forces must be removed from Iraq by Dec. 31. Senior U.S. officials, however, have said...
  • From Gray to Red

    07/22/2011 3:15:26 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 22nd, 2011 | Ronald Brownstein
    With their vote this week to impose strict limits on future federal spending, House Republicans continued an argument not so much with Democrats as with demography. The real current they are seeking to reverse is not some ideological drive from President Obama to convert America into Sweden; it’s the inexorably rising cost of providing retirement security, especially health care, to an aging society. The cut, cap, and balance bill that Republicans muscled through the House would authorize an increase in the federal debt ceiling only after Congress approved a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. The bill doesn’t specify...
  • America's Forgotten Prisoners of War

    07/04/2011 7:47:30 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 4th, 2011 | DAVID FEITH
    Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl—one born 1965 in Baghdad, the other two decades later in Hailey, Idaho—wouldn't seem to have much in common. But this weekend, as Americans take to beaches and barbeques to celebrate our independence, Messrs. Altaie and Bergdahl share a unique, practically unknown bond: They are the only two U.S. soldiers currently held captive as prisoners of war. Over the past decade, the U.S. has deployed more than two million troops abroad, with hundreds of thousands in war zones at any one time. Yet in a sign of how much warfare has changed since the time of...
  • Minnesotans feel pinch of government shutdowns

    07/02/2011 9:59:00 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 61 replies
    The Chronicle Herald ^ | July 2nd, 2011 | AMY FORLITI and MARTIGA JOHN
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The blind are losing reading services. A help line for the elderly has gone silent. And poor families are scrambling after the state stopped child-care subsidies. Hours after a political impasse forced a widespread government shutdown, Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents and about 22,000 laid-off state employees began feeling the effects on Friday. With no immediate end in sight to a dispute over taxes and spending, political leaders spent the day blaming each other for their failure to pass a budget that solves the state’s $5-billion deficit. In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton...
  • Why Barney Frank and Ron Paul are wrong on drug legalization

    07/01/2011 6:58:00 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 130 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30th, 2011 | William Bennett
    From certain precincts on the left, notably Barney Frank, to certain precincts on the right, notably the editorial page of National Review, we are witnessing a new push to end the so-called war on drugs and legalize drug use, starting with marijuana. Indeed, Ron Paul, Barney Frank's co-sponsor in the latest legislative effort, said recently he would go so far as to legalize heroin. It's a bad idea. My friends at National Review begin their case by stating the illegalization of drugs has "curtailed personal freedom, created a violent black market and filled our prisons." But the legalization of drugs,...
  • GOP magic trick:Making George W. Bush vanish

    06/20/2011 6:02:23 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 261 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | June 20th, 2011 | Johnathan Martin
    NEW ORLEANS — Republicans head into 2012 united in their disdain for an unpopular, Big Government-loving, internationalist president. The name of that president: George W. Bush. From Capitol Hill to the statehouses to the presidential primary, Republicans are turning their back on almost every important accomplishment of the Bush administration.
  • Baby Makes Four, and Complications

    06/19/2011 9:32:07 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 19th, 2011 | N.R. Kleinfeld
    The setup is complicated. Griffin’s mother, Carol Einhorn, a fund-raiser for a nonprofit group, is 48 and single. She conceived through in vitro fertilization with sperm from Mr. Russell, 49, a chiropractor and close friend. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, Mr. Russell stays in the spare room of Ms. Einhorn’s apartment. The other three days he lives on President Street with his domestic partner, David Nimmons, 54, an administrator at a nonprofit. Most Sundays, they all have dinner together. “It’s not like Heather has two mommies,” Mr. Russell said. “It’s George has two families.”
  • A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

    06/17/2011 2:46:04 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 17th, 2011 | DEBORAH SONTAG
    BOSTON — Last November, Yvette Chappell found herself increasingly anxious that her 27-year-old son, Deshawn James Chappell, was spiraling downward into deep psychosis. He was exhibiting intense paranoia and calling late at night to complain about deafening voices in his head.
  • Study Suggests That Winnie the Pooh Isn't Gender Equal, But Does it Matter?

    05/07/2011 4:20:15 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 7th, 2011 | Todd Starnes
    A comprehensive study of traditional children’s book characters has determined that Pooh Corner may be rife with gender inequality. Dr. Janice McCabe, a sociologist at Florida State University, examined nearly 6,000 children’s books between 1900 and 2000 and determined the stories have a definitive gender bias and a disproportionate representation of genders. “We found that males are represented more frequently than females in the titles and the central characters in the book,” McCabe told Fox News Radio. Fifty seven percent of the children’s stories featured male characters, 31 percent featured female characters and the remainder had animal characters of unknown...
  • Farm Subsidies Become Target Amid Spending Cuts

    05/06/2011 6:26:32 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 6th, 2011 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    WASHINGTON — When it comes to spending cuts, members of Congress like to say that “everything is on the table.” Except, generally, food. But now federal farm subsidies, long decried by policy makers as wasteful and antiquated but protected by powerful political interests, appear to be in serious danger. This week, Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, told reporters, “We shouldn’t be giving corporate farms, these large agribusiness companies, subsidies. I strongly believe that.” His budget proposal would take $30 billion out of the farm program over the next decade.
  • Santorum Calls Own Vote in Favor of Medicare Drug Benefit a 'Mistake'

    04/24/2011 6:41:21 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24th, 2011
    Possible presidential candidate Rick Santorum conceded Sunday that he made a "mistake" in voting for the Medicare prescription drug benefit back in 2003, as he tried to bolster his fiscal credentials. Santorum, a former Republican Pennsylvania senator, told "Fox News Sunday" that there were two things wrong with the bill creating the program, which is now estimated to cost about $60 billion a year, contributing to the country's out-of-control deficit. Santorum said Congress should not have made the program universal and should have found a mechanism with which to pay for it.
  • 'Three Cups of Tea' Charity Investigated by Montana AG

    04/20/2011 4:31:08 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19th, 2011 | DEAN SCHABNER and KEVIN DOLAK
    "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson's charity will be investigated after questions were raised about how it managed its financial affairs, the Montana state attorney general said today... The segment also alleged that the Central Asian Institute took credit for building schools that didn't actually exist or were built by others, and that it spent more money on self-promotion than on humanitarian efforts. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock said today that he would investigate the issues raised by the report."
  • ‘60 Minutes’ Casts Doubt on Book (3 Cups of Tea)

    04/17/2011 12:36:22 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 16th, 2011
    An investigation by “60 Minutes” casts doubt on the accuracy of the inspirational bestseller “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson, saying it is filled with inaccuracies. It also says that Mr. Mortenson’s charitable organization, the Central Asia Institute, has taken credit for building schools that don’t exist.
  • The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t

    04/10/2011 9:24:30 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 57 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 9th, 2011 | John Thompson
    I SPENT 18 years in prison for robbery and murder, 14 of them on death row. I’ve been free since 2003, exonerated after evidence covered up by prosecutors surfaced just weeks before my execution date. Those prosecutors were never punished. Last month, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 to overturn a case I’d won against them and the district attorney who oversaw my case, ruling that they were not liable for the failure to turn over that evidence — which included proof that blood at the robbery scene wasn’t mine. Because of that, prosecutors are free to do the same thing...
  • Alaska to Consider Lowering Drinking Age for U.S. Troops

    03/31/2011 4:13:28 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31st, 2011 | Stephen Clark
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates doesn't support lowering the drinking age for U.S. troops, but that hasn't deterred one Alaska lawmaker from renewing the debate over whether military members old enough to fight and die for their country are responsible enough to drink and smoke. The argument dates back decades to the Vietnam War, and now Alaska state Republican Rep. Bob Lynn is proposing a bill that would allow military members in his state under 21 to legally drink and smoke there. Alaska residents can't legally drinking until they're 21 and legally smoke until they're 19. Lynn has been careful to...
  • An Aide's Clout Shows in Obama Address

    03/29/2011 4:11:33 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 29th, 2011 | Sheryl Stolberg
    WASHINGTON – Samantha Power took the podium at Columbia University Monday night sounding hoarse and looking uncomfortable. In two hours President Obama would address the nation on Libya and Ms. Power, the fiery human rights crusader who now advises Mr. Obama on foreign policy, did not want to get out in front of the boss. “I’m not going to talk much about Libya,” she began, though when it came time for questions she could not help herself. “Our best judgment,” she said, defending the decision to establish a no-fly zone to prevent mass atrocities, was that failure to do so...